Urge your state legislators to co-sponsor workers' rights bills in Rhode Island
Workers deserve more rights
We live in a culture where corporations simply have too much power. Currently, they can:
- Push us out of our jobs for any reason or no reason
- Fail to conduct investigations for reports of sexual harassment
- Make it difficult for us to leave toxic workplaces when our healthcare is tied to our jobs
- Silence us when we've been abused
- Pay some workers below minimum wage or an otherwise non-livable wage
- Conduct abusive scheduling practices
- Avoid accountability for discrimination through wages and promotions
- Steal wages
- Verbally abuse and sabotage workers with zero accountability
We can change this toxic culture for workers through by passing these bills into law:
Credit reports, H5593
This bill will make it unlawful for employers to ask prospective employees for their credit history.
Domestic workers' bill of rights, H6142
Establishes a bill of rights for domestic workers and provides for a minimum set of benefits relating to working conditions, hours worked, and time off from work.
Workers shouldn't have to work multiple jobs to pay for basic living expenses. This bill would raise the minimum wage over several years to $20 per hour as of 2028.
Nondisclosure agreements, S342/H5929
When employers use settlements with their presumed guilt and/or to save money, they often add gag clauses to protect their reputations. Yet those gag clauses silence targets and embolden serial abusers. The Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) bill would ban NDAs, protections that 12 other states already have.
Parental and family leave, S145
This bill will extend parental leave from 13 to 24 weeks.
Wage theft, S36
This bill would hold lead contractors accountable for the wage theft violations of their subcontractors as long as there is a significant connection to their business activities or operations. It would also protect workers from wage theft violations such as failure to make wage payments, failure to abide by minimum wage, prevailing wage and overtime laws, and independent contractor misclassification and strengthen workers’ protection against retaliation. Ultimately, it would promote fair competition by ensuring that all businesses, including lead contractors, play by the rules and give their workers an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.
Wage transparency, H5708
Employers can ask for desired salary ranges. This bill calls for employers providing the pay scale for a particular employment position, which also benefits employers.